CRCICA News Letters
In this edition
 
CRCICA's recent Caseload: New Record Amount in Dispute since 2010
 
Advisory Committee Meeting
 
CRCICA Membership Now open
 
CRCICA on the White List of the GAR's Guide to Regional Arbitration and considered as "the current class of the field"
 
GAR Live: Arbitrating in the Middle East, Istanbul-Turkey, 4 June 2013: Another recognition of CRCICA's success story in the region
 
Renovation of CRCICA Hearing Centre: Zone one Achieved and Operational
 
Recommendations of Sharm El Sheikh IV realized:
Arbitration Course for fourth-year students of law
 
Events Update
 
CRCICA New Mediation Rules: A Drive to the Future, Cairo-Egypt, 14 May 2013
 
Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP):
Second Module: The Arbitral Tribunal,
Cairo-Egypt, 2-4 June 2013
 
CRCICA hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
 
8 April 2013:
The appointment and Removal of Arbitrators
 
8 May 2013:
The Enforcement of Foreign and Domestic Arbitral Awards
 
5 June 2013:
Reflections on Law, Judiciary and Arbitration
 
Regional Contributions
 
ABA Training Courses on International Commercial Arbitration,
Tunisia, 3-6 April 2013
 
Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre visited CRCICA,
8-9 April 2013
 
CRCICA Signs Cooperation Agreement with the Libyan International Arbitration Commercial Center, Cairo-Egypt,
14 May 2013
 
International Contributions
 
ICCA Governing Board Meeting,
London-England, 10 May 2013,
 
Save the Dates !
 
Continuation of the 2013 Round of CRCICA / CIArb Cairo Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) as follows:
 
1-3 September 2013:
Third Module: The ARBITRAL PROCEDURES
 
1-4 December 2013: Fourth Module: THE ARBITRAL AWARD
 
CRCICA's recent Caseload: New Record Amount in Dispute since 2010

The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 30 June 2013 reached 901 cases. In the second quarter of 2013, 16 new arbitration cases were filed.

CRCICA's caseload in the second quarter of 2013 involved disputes relating mainly to real estate, construction, services, gas supply, lease agreements, subcontracting, petroleum services and agency agreements. The second quarter of 2013 witnessed the filing of four cases arising out of real estate contracts, two of which are international arbitrations including parties from the UK and Russia and relating to the sale and purchase of two properties in Sahl Hasish, Hurghada, Egypt. The other two cases were domestic ones relating to the sale and purchase of two floating hotels as well as a commercial unit in a shopping mall.

It is worth noting that, in the same quarter, three cases arising out of services contracts were filed before the Centre relating to the supply of desalinated water for a hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the provision of consultancy services as well as petroleum services.
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Advisory Committee Meeting

On 3 June 2013, the second meeting of CRCICA Advisory Committee (AC) for this year was held by the attendance of the following members: Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sadek El Kosheri (Chairman - Egypt), Coun. Dr. Borhan Amrallah (Egypt), Prof. Dr. Fathi Waly (Egypt), Dr. Karim Hafez (Egypt), Judge. Mohamed Amin El Mahdy (Egypt), Dr. Mohamed Salah Abdel Wahab (Egypt) and Prof. Dr. Mohamed Badran (Egypt). Through multilateral teleconferencing, the following members participated in discussions from two different countries: Ms. Rabab Yasseen (Switzerland) and Prof. Nassib Ziadé (Vice-Chairman - United Arab Emirates). Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf attended the meeting in his capacity as the Director of the Centre.

The agenda of the meeting tackled inter alia the possibility of adopting a professional code of ethics for lawyers in arbitration as well as the salient features of CRCICA new case management software.

It is notable that the AC is scheduled to meet at least four times a year. Future 2013 meetings are scheduled for September and December 2013.

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CRCICA Membership Now open

The general membership of CRCICA has just opened to all interested professionals including arbitrators, mediators, practicing lawyers, experts in every field, academics, engineers, accountants as well as representatives of commercial and trading organizations.

Membership criteria include, among other alternatives, completion of CRCICA four-module course: Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) which is recognized as the first ever comparative commercial arbitration course in Arabic.

Members will be entitled to a wide range of benefits including, inter alia, free subscription to the Journal of Arab Arbitration, 40% discount on books published by CRCICA, 20% discount on CRCICA room rental price list and free membership of CRCICA Library.

To apply to CRCICA membership, please review the regulations and download the membership application form. For more details, please contact CRCICA Membership Team at: membership@crcica.org

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CRCICA on the White List of the GAR's Guide to Regional Arbitration and considered as "the current class of the field"

In a recent guide published by the Global Arbitration Review (GAR): Guide to Regional Arbitration Centres (April 2013), CRCICA is enrolled in a white list as one of four regional institutions in the Middle East and North Africa that are worth a closer look and worth considering for the right case.

The study sends a message of acceptance of the inevitable role of regional arbitral players standing against the monopolization of international arbitration by major providers. However, according to the authors of the Guide, users should be able to pick the good out and this is said to be the target of their study.

In the Middle East and North Africa Region, CRCICA is marked as an institution that is worth considering among three other institutions.
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GAR Live: Arbitrating in the Middle East, Istanbul-Turkey, 4 June 2013: Another recognition of CRCICA's success story in the region

With Turkey standing at the gateway to the Middle East, a panel at GAR Live Istanbul that took place on 4 June 2013 considered how far international arbitration culture has taken hold in that region.

The CRCICA was considered by one of the panelists, Mr. Reza Mohatashami, partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Dubai, as one of the "genuine regional centres".

Speaking to GAR following the event, Mr. Mark Appel, senior vice president of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), said: "The most successful centres in the Middle East have had to learn to walk before they could run. They had to establish a caseload, trust and experience, and to emulate best practice. Mistakes early on will haunt you." Appel referred to the success story of the CRCICA and suggested that Turkey could learn from the Cairo Centre in particular: "Think small and get your start handling domestic cases; be international in your membership and outlook; have the resources and the leadership - and be prepared for change to be slow."

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Renovation of CRCICA Hearing Centre: Zone one Achieved and Operational

CRCICA is renovating its hearing rooms in two Phases. The area under renovation includes three hearing rooms, two breakout rooms, refreshment area, lounges, bathrooms, waiting and reception areas.

Hearing rooms are being furnished with high-tech equipment. The main one, named after Dr. Mohamed Aboul-Enein, the former Director of the Centre, is designed to be a state-of-the-art utilizing latest features of presentation techniques.

Also, premier video conferencing systems will be installed to insure high impact visual experiences. Interactive meeting room system will operate using powerful communication tools that provide real-time, face-to-face communication and realistic meeting environments.
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Recommendations of Sharm El Sheikh IV realized:
Arbitration Course for fourth-year students of law

The Supreme Council of Universities - Egypt decided to integrate an arbitration course to the curriculum of fourth-year students in all Egyptian schools of law. This comes as a direct implementation of one of the recommendations of CRCICA Sharm El Sheikh IV: The Role of State Courts in Arbitration which was held in November 2012. The suggestion was made by Judge Dr. Borhan Amrallah, Secretary-General of the Arab Union of International Arbitration (AUIA).

It is notable that arbitration was studied mainly by postgraduates. Adding arbitration to the curriculum of fourth yearers is a qualifying factor for fresh graduates to practice in the field more accessibly.

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Events Update
CRCICA New Mediation Rules: A Drive to the Future,
Cairo-Egypt, 14 May 2013

On Tuesday 14 May 2013, the Cairo Centre organized a seminar on CRCICA NEW MEDIATION RULES: A Drive to the Future. The event was held in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC - a member of the World Bank Group), the Egyptian Ministry of Justice and the Investors Dispute Settlement Center- General Authority for Investments and Free Zones (GAFI).

The seminar tackled the salient features of CRCICA New Mediation Rules, effective as of January 2013, and their foreseen practices out of different perspectives. Beside the institutional perspective, the views of mediators, lawyers and representatives of businesses were highlighted. In addition to this, one whole session was devoted to the discussion of the draft of the new Egyptian Mediation Law prepared by the Egyptian Ministry of Justice.

The seminar was attended by more than 20 law firms in Egypt. Also, there were senior representatives of construction and petroleum companies, ministries of justice and investment, banks, universities and Arab arbitration centres.
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Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) : Second Module: The Arbitral Tribunal, Cairo-Egypt, 2-4 June 2013

Held by CRCICA and CIArb Cairo, The Arbitral Tribunal: the second module of the Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP), was held on 2-4 June 2013. In this module, the Arbitral Tribunal was studied in depth as based on a big number of the most recent international decisions and institutional regulations. Participants had the chance to role play through a mock case designed to raise all top issues related to the composition and functioning of the arbitral tribunal.

It is notable that CCATP has been recognized as a one of the kind program in the region with a simultaneous bilateral tutorial methodology that combines both systems, the Civil law and Common law systems. The four modules of the program are being held separately in a total of 14 days from March through December 2013. Upon completion of the program, in its four modules, participants will be eligible to apply for the now-open membership of CRCICA

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CRCICA hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
8 April 2013:
The appointment and Removal of Arbitrators

On 8 April 2013, Dr. Karim Hafez, principal of HAFEZ; Member of the Arbitration Court of the London Court of International Arbitration- London, delivered a speech on " The appointment and Removal of Arbitrators." The lecture covered salient features relating to the selection and removal of arbitrators, their exact role as well as the legitimate expectations of the parties. The conclusion included some perspectives for the future. The lecture was followed by a lively discussion involving eminent legal figures from both the private and the public sectors.

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8 May 2013:
The Enforcement of Foreign and Domestic Arbitral Awards

On 8 May 2013, Judge Dr. Borhan Amrallah, Secretary-General, Arab Union of International Arbitration (AUIA); Former President of the Cairo Court of Appeal, delivered a speech on "The Enforcement of Foreign and Domestic Arbitral Awards". The speech focused on the conflict of laws governing the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Egypt and the position of the Cairo Court of Appeal as well as the Egyptian Court of Cassation in light of the New York Convention for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

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5 June 2013:
Reflections on Law, Judiciary and Arbitration

On 5 June 2013, Judge Yehia El-Dakroury, Vice-President of the State Council of Egypt and Former President the Club of the Judges of the State Council, delivered a lecture on "Reflections on Law, Judiciary and Arbitration". The topic covered the recent position of the Egyptian judiciary regarding a wide range of legal matters including privatization and arbitration.

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Regional Contributions
ABA Training Courses on International Commercial Arbitration,
Tunisia, 3-6 April 2013

CRCICA was invited by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Tunisia Office to conduct two training courses in Arabic on international commercial arbitration for young Tunisian lawyers in two Tunisian cities Sfax from 3 to 4 April 2013 and Soussa from 5 to 6 April 2013.

The courses were conducted in association with the Tunisian Association for Young Lawyers and the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

CRCICA Director and Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Vice-Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Cairo Branch), were the two experts who jointly conducted the courses (2 days each) covering four major phases of the arbitration process namely the arbitration agreement, the arbitral tribunal, the arbitral proceedings and the arbitral award. The courses focused on the practical aspects of international commercial arbitration from a comparative perspective including the Tunisian law on Arbitration. Five mock cases were discussed by the participants (36 persons) at the end of each of the two courses. (read more)

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Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre visited CRCICA,
8-9 April 2013

On 8 April 2013, a delegation of the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) visited CRCICA. The delegation was presided by Mr. Mahbubur Rahman, BIAC Chairman and Dr. Toufiq Ali, the Chief Director of BIAC.

Visitors learned about CRCICA's challenges and practices since inception. Discussions focused on institutional set-up and strengthening operational set-up, training, outreach and communication, arbitration and mediation.

The visit was so productive and according to BIAC Director, members of the delegation "were deeply impressed by the Cairo Centre and the successes it attained, and the manner in which it is managed".
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CRCICA Signs Cooperation Agreement with the Libyan International Arbitration Commercial Center, Cairo-Egypt,14 May 2013

On 14 May 2013, the Cairo Centre signed a cooperation agreement with the Libyan International Arbitration Commercial Center (LIACC) on the sidelines of the Seminar on CRCICA New Mediation Rules: A Drive to the Future.

The agreement encourages both parties to cooperate in the appointment of arbitrators, whenever appropriate, in the exchange of information and judicial awards as well as in the organization of conferences and training courses.

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International Contributions
ICCA Governing Board Meeting,
London-England, 10 May 2013,

In his capacity as an elected member of the ICCA Governing Board, CRCICA Director attended the Board meeting held on 10 May 2013 in London / England. Discussions focused on ICCA's ongoing projects and future events. It is noteworthy that ICCA has been recently running various important projects such as the ICCA's Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention, which was presented at ICCA's 50th anniversary meeting in Geneva, May 2011 and is currently being promoted and translated into many different languages.

Also, ICCA and Young ICCA launched a series of workshops for judges on the New York Convention. First workshop was held in Mauritius on 3-4 May 2012 and followed by other workshops in different countries. The workshop programme - known as the "New York Convention Roadshow" - recognizes the dependence of international arbitration practice on the critical role of national court judges in applying the New York Convention.
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Save the Dates !

Continuation of the 2013 Round of CRCICA / CIArb Cairo Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) as follows:
 
1-3 September 2013:
Third Module: The ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS

The Arbitral Proceedings Module tackles, inter alia, the rules applicable to the procedures, evidences and the examination of witnesses, interim measures...etc.

1-4 December 2013:
Fourth Module: THE ARBITRAL AWARD

CCATP's fourth and last module is scheduled for 1-4 December 2013. In this module, "the Arbitral Award" will be handled in depth as based on most recent court judgments in different jurisdictions.

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